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Understanding IAS 16: A Guide to Property, Plant, and Equipment Accounting


At OG Accountants, we understand the importance of accurate accounting and financial reporting for businesses of all sizes. One of the key areas of accounting that can be particularly challenging is the accounting for property, plant, and equipment (PPE). The International Accounting Standards (IAS) provides guidelines on the accounting for PPE through IAS 16, which lays out the requirements for recognition, measurement, and disclosure of PPE. In this article, we provide an overview of IAS 16 and its key requirements.

Recognition and Measurement

IAS 16 requires entities to recognize PPE as assets when it is probable that future economic benefits will flow to the entity and the cost of the asset can be reliably measured. The cost of the asset includes all costs that are necessary to bring it to the condition for its intended use, including installation and transportation costs.

After initial recognition, entities are required to measure PPE at cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses. Depreciation is calculated based on the useful life of the asset, which is an estimate of the period over which the asset is expected to be used. The residual value of the asset is also taken into consideration when calculating depreciation.


Entities are required to disclose information about their PPE in their financial statements, including the following:

The measurement basis used for PPE

The depreciation methods used

The useful lives of the assets

The gross carrying amount and the accumulated depreciation of PPE

Any revaluation of PPE and the effect on the carrying amount

Any restrictions on the title to the assets


IAS 16 provides guidelines for the recognition, measurement, and disclosure of PPE. Accurate accounting for PPE is essential for entities to present a true and fair view of their financial position and performance. At OG Accountants, our team of experts can help you navigate the complexities of PPE accounting and ensure that you are in compliance with IAS 16. Contact us today to learn more about our accounting and financial reporting services.

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